TV Show Endings

Castle, Revenge, Glee and 17 Other Shows That Simply Ran Too Long

“It was still a good show, but I wish it had ended a season or two earlier. “

If you’ve ever uttered a sentence like that — and we suspect you have, since TVLine readers are known for their astute critical judgment — then you’ll probably be able to relate to at least a few of the 20 shows we’re examining today.

The truth is, even some of our all-time favorite series are guilty of running out of gas before reaching the finish line, forcing out final seasons — or multiple final seasons, in some cases — long after they’ve jumped the shark. (Don’t worry, Happy Days is among our choices.)

Oh, how we wish Buffy the Vampire Slayer had never introduced the “next generation” of slayerettes. Or that Castle had ended with a green screen-free wedding in the Hamptons. And don’t even get us started on the post-Derulo era of So You Think You Can Dance.

Click through our gallery of 20 shows that overstayed their (creative) welcome below, then drop a comment with some of your own picks: Which shows should have quit while they were ahead? And would you have ended any of our choices sooner?